Building Explosion in Austrian Capital Leaves 12 Injured

June 26, 2019 Updated: June 26, 2019

VIENNA—A suspected gas explosion blew a gaping hole in a building in central Vienna on June 26, injuring at least 12 people, two of them seriously, according to police and images from the scene.

The explosion occurred around 4:30 p.m. in the center of the Austrian capital.

Firefighters search through the rubble of a exploded building in Vienna, Austria, on June 26, 2019. (Ronald Zak/AP Photo)
Firefighters search through the rubble of a exploded building in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Ronald Zak/AP Photo)

Videos and pictures of the scene posted online showed a huge hole in the front of a building and a debris-covered street. Several men could be seen carrying a person away from the blast site.

Police had earlier said four people were seriously injured but later lowered the number to two.

Officers cordoned off streets around the scene of the incident as they searched for further victims.

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